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The Commentary on Plato's Timaeus is Proclus's most famous writing, consisting of five books.
The Timaeus and its Commentary were widely studied in the Middle Ages/Renaissance, and were highly valued by Copernicus, Keppler and other astronomers.
This is a searchable text version and a Thomas Taylor translation. Greek text in footnotes not editted.
It is more accessible than his work on the Platonic Theology, because it deals with slightly more tangible things like psyche, intuition (called intellect in the Greek tradition), space, geometry and the four Elements and the perfective work (the purification of soul).

Book One is introductory to the rest of the work.
Book Two has important parts on the Demiurgus, Logos and Logismos:

-Demiurgos fabricating total intellect, total soul, and all the bulk of body
-Logismos as a distributed or divided evolution of parts, and a distinctive cause of things.
-Genera are good by the reception of harmony, symmetry, order

Book Three deals with the structure of the World-soul. This is the most famous book of the whole work.
Book Four contains a large part on the movements of the planets.
Book Five has important considerations of the telestic (perfective) work, pertaining to the purification of soul, leading to diverse initiations of the human being: muesis and epopteia.

The numbering in the margin indicates Diehl's volume and page numbers, while the numbers with capital letter indicate his text numbering. I'm looking for a volunteer who wants to put this on WikiSource, together with the footnotes, containing Greek text. You can reach me through the contact form at my website meuser.awardspace.com

Unity, source,hypostasis, angels, messengers.
Essence, energy, paradigm.Monad,henad, progression, return.
Love, similarity, difference
Gods: Jupiter, Metis, Hermes, Phanes


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